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In 2013, Audrey Alevina founded Alévina & Partners, a legal structure in Libreville (Gabon) to advise foreign investors and credit institutions on domestic and cross border transactions.
She specialises in major infrastructure projects, particularly in transportation (maritime, rail, road and airport) and energy (oil and gas) sectors. With her partner Gaetan Mboza, they have acted on these major projects mainly in Gabon but also in CEMAC countries. Their expertise include the negotiation of public-private partnerships and energy and infrastructure projects between governments, private companies and financial institutions. Audrey advises Harbour operators, investment funds as well as energy companies.

As the CEO of AML, Ross is responsible for driving high standards of delivery for all our clients. This includes pushing the purpose-driven focus of AML’s work and ensuring that all output is tailored to helping our clients’ specific needs. Since joining AML in 2010, Ross worked very closely with our founder and president, Baroness Lynda Chalker, visiting numerous African countries and meeting African leaders on the ground. Given the dominance of Oil and Gas companies in AML’s client base, Ross has built in-depth knowledge of the Oil and Gas operating landscape across West Africa, the Gulf of Guinea and in East Africa too. Ross holds high level relationships from the upstream, midstream and downstream, with executives at IOC’s, independent explorers and private equity investors.

In 2012 Ross took over day to day management of all AML’s client relationships across several African countries and business sectors. He has a strong understanding of the business-politics nexus on the continent, coupled with an expansive network of contacts on the ground. Before joining AML Ross had worked in the UK private sector; at UBS Investment Bank and PepsiCo where he was commercial director for PepsiCo’s UK seed brands.

Feizin heads the corporate affairs team at FB Attorneys. She is responsible for the firms strategy, quality assurance, communications and business development. One of Feizin’s key role at the firm is to develop and manage client relations and to ensure that the client’s needs are met. As part of the quality assurance of the firm, Feizin develops the firms in house policies and various strategies to implement continuous development programs for the FB team as well as successful retention schemes.

Karim Anjarwalla is ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna’s (A&K) Managing Partner and a member of the firm’s
Corporate department. He has a wide array of experience advising domestic, regional and international clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments and capital markets transactions.
Under Karim’s leadership, A&K established ALN, an alliance of leading independent law firms in Africa. Since its inception in 2004, ALN has expanded into sixteen jurisdictions in Africa with a regional office in Dubai and an associate firm in South Africa. ALN was also recently recognised as the African Network/Alliance of the Year
2018 by African Legal Awards. Karim is regularly an invited expert at various international legal and business forums. He is rated as a Leading Lawyer by Chambers Global, IFLR1000 and Legal 500.

Under Karim’s leadership, A&K has received numerous awards, including the African Law Firm of the Year Award four times in six years, the African Legal Awards Law Firm Innovation award 2017 and M&A Team of the Year 2018. It is also ranked as a leading firm in Kenya by various international legal directories.

Seth is a Partner of the law firm of Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah in Ghana. He heads the Financial Institutions and Capital Markets Practice Group of the firm. Seth’s practice focuses on banking, insurance, corporate finance, capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, restructuring and insolvency and private equity.

Seth is ranked as a leading lawyer by several independent international reviews, including Chambers Global, the International Financial Law Review and Legal500. He is a member of the Ghana Bar Association.

Dr Ziad Ahmed Bahaa-Eldin is an Egyptian Lawyer and expert on financial law, investment and company laws, governance, compliance and economic legislation. He is currently the managing partner of Bahaa-Eldin Law Office in Cooperation with BonelliErede, and the managing partner of Thebes Consultancy.

He is a non-executive member on several company boards of directors including HSBC Bank Egypt, the National Bank of Egypt UK, Arabian Cement Company, Emaar Egypt, AXA Egypt, Allam Holding, MTI, Samcrete for Industrial Development, and Saray Capital (Dubai International Financial Centre). He previously held several public positions including the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Development and Minister of International Cooperation (2013-2014).

He is also a former non-executive member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Egypt (2004-2011), the National Bank of Egypt (2005-2010), and a former Senior Legal Advisor to the Central Bank of Egypt (2011).
From 2000 to 2004, Dr Bahaa-Eldin was a practicing lawyer in Egypt, and from 1997 to 2000 the senior legal advisor to the Minister of Economy. Prior to this, he was in private practice in Cairo and Washington, DC. Dr Bahaa-Eldin was also an adjunct lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the Cairo University (1998-2004).

Victoria is currently the Managing Partner and head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution of Sam Okudzeto & Associates, one of the leading law firms in Ghana. She started her career in 2002 as a Deputy State Attorney in the Civil Division of the Attorney-General’s Department.

She transitioned to private practice in 2003 when she joined Sam Okudzeto & Associates as a junior associate. She is an experienced litigator and represents clients regularly before the Ghanaian Courts at all levels. She advises on a wide range of contentious matters including general corporate, labour, commercial and land litigation. Victoria sits on a number of boards of manufacturing companies and was appointed a Notary Public for Ghana by the Chief Justice in 2017.

Mehdi M. Bennani is the Managing Partner (Morocco) and co-founder of the firm which is present in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Cote d’Ivoire. He is admitted before the New York bar (2001), has graduated from King Hassan II University School of Law (Casablanca, Morocco) and holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School (1998). Mehdi has worked for several years in New York with US firms: Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP and Bryan Cave LLP. His international experience enables him to act on complex international M&A transactions, joint ventures, real estate transactions and national and international contracts as well as financing transactions. He is fluent in French, English and Arabic.

Alexander Blackburn, Partner, is a member of the Corporate Team. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions and international financing work. His practice also includes restructuring and insolvency-related matters. Prior to joining Bredin Prat, he was a Partner of Slaughter and May ("Best Friends") where he practised in their Paris, London and Hong Kong offices. He was admitted to the Paris Bar (1992) and qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1989. He is a graduate of King’s College London and the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

NanaAma Botchway is the founder of n. dowuona & company. Her areas of focus are corporate and commercial, property and construction, and energy and infrastructure. NanaAma has advised on numerous significant investments in Ghana and in other parts of Africa. She advised Kingdom Hotel Investments on their acquisition and development of the USD 100 million multipurpose property development in Ghana from the inception of the project. She is currently advising the Volta Lake Transport Company on its USD 300 million Eastern Corridor Multi-Modal Transport Project. She has advised local and regional developers of other significant real estate projects in Ghana including the first certified green office building in Ghana. She also has experience in advising on a variety of aspects of construction projects including planning, permitting and project finance.

A graduate of the University Paris one Panthéon-Sorbonne (post-graduate degree in English and American Business law) and of King’s College London (LLM), Foued Bourabiat started his career at the Algiers office of a leading French law firm.

His recent experience includes assisting and advising various major investors and credit institutions in respect of investments and financings in the MENA region, including in Algeria. He has been involved in complex cross-border investments and financing transactions. Before founding Bourabiat Associés, Foued spent almost ten years at top-tier international law firms in Paris (Hogan Lovells LLP and Herbert Smith Freehills LLP). Foued speaks English, French and Arabic fluently. Foued is ranked as a leading lawyer in Algeria by all the major legal guides.

Kim is Head of Legal, Compliance, Governance and Risk for Prudential Africa. She started her career as a corporate insurance lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright before moving in-house to RSA 10 years ago. Since moving in-house, Kim has taken on a far broader strategic role which now covers risk, compliance and governance too. Kim has global experience in both mature and emerging markets and extensive experience of working alongside, and as an advisor to, both executive and non-executive management.

Kim joined Prudential plc in 2012 and has worked in Prudential Africa since it started in 2013 advising on all strategic projects, both acquisitions and major partnerships, as well as advising on general corporate governance, implementation of compliance, governance and risk management frameworks and a variety of other legal and commercial matters. She currently oversees a team operating across 5 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Fernando Aguilar began his career as a lawyer at Proença de Carvalho Advogados in 1992, and joined Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho in 2010 when the firms merged. He heads the litigation practice in Portugal and focuses on various areas of litigation, arbitration, white collar crime and corporate law. He advises both national and foreign companies. Having completed part of his studies in South Africa, he has an important foreign client base and he is also responsible for the African Desk. Between 1995 and 1996 Fernando combined his practice at Proença de Carvalho Advogados with the post of in-house legal advisor at Hewlett-Packard Portugal.

With over 20 years’ experience in diverse areas of legal practice that covers litigation, consultancy in an international multidisciplinary firm and as a company secretary of a Public liability Company, Lara is a business advisor as her role is to ensure transactions are well structured to minimise legal, compliance and tax. Lara is a Notary Public, a member of the Institute of Directors as well as an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. Lara is currently the General Counsel of Shoreline Natural Resources Limited. Amongst her passion is the mentorship of young lawyers/women and she offers free advisory services to charitable organisations.

As the CEO of AML, Ross is responsible for driving high standards of delivery for all our clients. This includes pushing the purpose-driven focus of AML’s work and ensuring that all output is tailored to helping our clients’ specific needs. Since joining AML in 2010, Ross worked very closely with our founder and president, Baroness Lynda Chalker, visiting numerous African countries and meeting African leaders on the ground. Given the dominance of Oil and Gas companies in AML’s client base, Ross has built in-depth knowledge of the Oil and Gas operating landscape across West Africa, the Gulf of Guinea and in East Africa too. Ross holds high level relationships from the upstream, midstream and downstream, with executives at IOC’s, independent explorers and private equity investors.

In 2012 Ross took over day to day management of all AML’s client relationships across several African countries and business sectors. He has a strong understanding of the business-politics nexus on the continent, coupled with an expansive network of contacts on the ground. Before joining AML Ross had worked in the UK private sector; at UBS Investment Bank and PepsiCo where he was commercial director for PepsiCo’s UK seed brands.

Ahmed has more than fourteen years of experience and his practice includes M&As, capital markets, finance, real estate and PPPs. Ahmed was selected by the International Who’s Who of Public Procurement Lawyers 2009 as being one of the two leading Public Procurement lawyers in Egypt. He was also selected by the IFLR1000 (2012) as a leading lawyer.

Prior to co-founding Sharkawy & Sarhan, Ahmed worked as an in-house counsel first with a major industrial group and subsequently as the Country Legal Counsel for Citigroup in Egypt. During his time as an in-house counsel, Ahmed was involved in a wide variety of corporate law issues and financing transactions including anti-trust, corporate governance, employment, project finance, banking laws and regulations and investment banking.

After founding Sharkawy & Sarhan, Ahmed led a number of high profile transactions, in particular in the fields of M&A, finance and public procurement.


Gbolahan Elias is a partner in the law firm of G. Elias & Co., a distinguished business law firm based in Lagos.
He has been doing major work in the fields of disputes, energy, corporate, finance, projects and commercial law for more than two decades. His clients range from leading global multinationals to fledgling Nigerian companies. He was called to the New York Bar in 1990 and has been a Senior Advocate of Nigeria since 2005. He is a Fellow of both the Energy Institute and the Chartered institute of Taxation. He read all of his law at Oxford University with much distinction including a doctorate degree in 1989. He was an associate at Cravath, Swaine and Moore, the outstanding New York law firm, from later 1989 to early 1993. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1981, is a visiting professor of Commercial Law at Babcock University and has published widely, recently chiefly on mergers and acquisitions and arbitration.

A practicing lawyer in Egypt, Mariam joined SHALAKANY in 2007. Mariam holds an LLM from Indiana University, and is a member of the Firm’s Banking and Capital Markets and Projects groups, respectively. Mariam has worked on a number of high profile projects and transactions, and has worked alongside the Firm’s groups on the PPP and Energy projects. Mariam specialises in banking, finance and projects.

Omar acts as a multi-skilled lawyer adapted for the needs of the local market. He mainly focuses on the following work on which he is often offering his services to multinational companies or international institutions. Areas of practice include; competition law, M&A, compliance, general regulatory, banking and finance.


Anna Maria Flick is Senior Associate at Hengeler Mueller’s Frankfurt office. Following school in Warsaw, Anna Maria studied law in Warsaw, Utrecht, Hamburg and Frankfurt (LL.M.).

Anna Maria joint Hengeler Mueller in 2000 and since this time, she advises on a broad range of corporate matters, on corporate reorganisations and M&A transactions, particularly on matters involving Poland. Anna Maria is admitted as Radca prawny to the Polish Bar.

She has been advising:

  • Metro AG on sale of Real's business in Eastern Europe to Groupe Auchan
  • Deutsche Telekom AG on acquisition of remaining 51% in Polish mobile phone provider PTC and settlement of shareholder dispute
  • RWE on sale of RWE Dea

Anna Maria is in charge of International Relations at Hengeler Mueller.

Lynda Gratton is a Professor of Management Practice at London Business School and the founder of Hot Spots Movement and the Future of Work Research Consortium, that bring together executives from over 35 companies, including four Japanese companies. Professor Gratton has written extensively about the interface between people and organisations, and her books, including The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity are bestsellers in Japan. Lynda’s work has been acknowledged globally and most recently in 2017, Lynda became an Advisor for a @GoogleOrg initiative and was appointed as an advisor on the Japanese Prime Minister’s Council for Designing a 100-year-life Society.

Richard Harney is a member of the partnership board of the pan-African law firm Bowmans and the managing partner of the Kenya office, Coulson Harney LLP. Richard co-founded the office in 2008.

Richard is consistently involved in the most prominent transactions in the region. Having spent the past 22 years in Kenya, Richard has a wide array of experience advising domestic, regional and international clients on M&A deals, capital markets, finance, restructuring and corporate law. Prior to moving to Kenya, in the early 1990s, Richard worked as a solicitor at two leading law firms in the City of London.

He is listed in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame, a Leading Lawyer in IFLR1000 and a tier one lawyer in Chambers Global where clients acknowledge “he has a good feel for what is and isn’t practical in Kenya, and for how it will work in the local environment.”

Ferdinand Hengst is a partner with De Brauw, an international law firm based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He specialises in international debt restructuring, corporate recovery and preventive measures. A member of De Brauw's Finance department, Ferdinand also frequently advises clients on cross-border finance work and finance-driven corporate transactions. He has particular expertise in insolvency-sensitive and other high-stakes financing transactions for multinational companies (debtor side).

Ferdinand regularly advises management and boards of directors on the corporate, corporate governance, fiduciary duties and liability considerations affiliated with certain transactions, scenario planning, and their corporate funding.

Ferdinand is a Fellow of INSOL International and a candidate member of INSOLAD. He regularly publishes on restructuring, leveraged financing and corporate recovery.


Mehrteab Leul Kokeb is a senior law professional with 25 years of experience in corporate and transactional matters. Mehrteab has expertise and experience in project finance assignments as well. In addition to managing the law office Mehrteab Leul is practicing both on project finance and corporate matters. He is skilled in providing multi-dimensional legal services to individual and corporate clients on structuring of transactions, facility agreements and security arrangements, making sure clients are utilising their resources efficiently.


Andrew Paul Lane-Mitchell is one of the lead partners of the firm’s corporate and commercial law division having practiced in many years in the corporate sector. Andrew’s experience includes being the Group Legal Counsel for Meikles Limited (listed on the Zimbabwe and London Stock Exchange) and Corporate Finance Manager for Stanbic Zimbabwe Limited, one of Zimbabwe’s leading retail banks and a division of Standard Bank South Africa, which positions he held before joining the firm’s corporate law team.


Jacqueline is a Partner at Bowmans Uganda, part of a Pan-African law firm with offices in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

She is a Barrister of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, an Arbitrator, (MCiArb), and a C.E.D.R Accredited Mediator. Jacqueline practiced in the UK for 17 years, in criminal and civil litigation matters, which included acting as a Grade 3 Prosecutor and spending time as Counsel for the Serious Fraud Office. She also taught on the Bar Professional Training Course at BPP Law School on a part-time basis for over 10 years.

Jacqueline returned to Uganda in July 2015 and has already built up a practice in her areas of specialism, undertaking commercial arbitrations; advising international companies, banks, tech based industries, and NGO’s on corporate/commercial matters, anti-bribery, corruption and anti-money laundering matters, and undertaking of a number of governance, compliance and regulatory investigations.



Fiona is a Partner in the corporate team at MMAKS Advocates. She has previously worked with leading firms in Johannesburg and Kampala. Fiona specialises in corporate mergers and acquisitions, private equity, mining, energy and natural resources, projects and infrastructure and general corporate commercial and regulatory advisory.

She has highly commendable skills and a wealth of experience in both local and multi-jurisdictional mergers and acquisitions cutting across sectors like telecom, insurance, banking, mining and energy.

She routinely handles legal due diligences, advises on corporate transactional structuring, negotiates local and cross border transactional agreements, commercial operational agreements, in addition to having an impressive knowledge of the local regulatory framework for advice on compliance issues, licensing regimes, and issues affecting local and foreign investors. Some examples of these transactions are listed further below.

Fiona holds a LLM in commercial law from the University of Birmingham, and has previously served a six months placement at mining giant and former FTSE 100 mining company, Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (Johannesburg). She has recently returned from a placement with Slaughter and May in London.


Didier Martin, Senior Partner, is a leading specialist on French securities law and public tender offers.
He advises listed companies in connection with their strategic transactions and assists them in resolving their financial and criminal litigation matters.

Didier Martin has written numerous books and articles on corporate law and securities law, and has recently published: “Les Offres Publiques d'Acquisition”, “Les Sociétés holdings”, “Mergers & Acquisitions in France”, “Le Code monétaire et financier”. He is also a founding member of the Observatoire de la Communication Financière and co-president of the Commission Europe within the French legal think-tank, the Club des Juristes.

A Barrister of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, David worked initially with the chambers of Godfrey Carey QC and Jonathan Caplan QC at 5 Paper Buildings in the United Kingdom where he handled criminal litigation. David then returned to Uganda in 1998 and worked with Mugerwa & Masembe, Advocates up to September 2003.

David has cultivated a specialisation in financial institutions law, international commercial transactions, corporate governance, as well as mergers and acquisitions. He also has experience handling public interest cases in the Constitutional Court and has appeared in a number of landmark cases in the field of basic human rights.


Originally trained as a Barrister in England &Wales, Nii Odotei has both English and Ghanaian qualifications. Nii spent thirteen and a half years in Fugar & Co. one of Ghana's leading corporate law firms, almost seven years of which was as a Partner.

Nii brings to ALA a practice comprising contentious and non- contentious work covering project finance, joint ventures, corporate acquisitions and buyouts, corporate finance and more recently power and upstream oil and gas work. His firm grasp and understanding of English law concepts and principles has made him a favourite in advising both international law firms and foreign investors in Ghana.

He has advised on some flagship transactions, including the project financing of the ‘operator' of Ghana's first oilfield to go into commercial production and recently the project financing of a 'non-operator' in the Offshore Cape Three Points oilfield. Nil's desire to offer something extra to his clients has driven him to become an alumnus of the SEED entrepreneurship programme of the Stanford Business School and also membership of the Institute of Directors (UK) and Institute of Directors (Southern Africa).


Ozofu is a partner in Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie’s corporate advisory, private equity and mergers & acquisitions teams. She is recognised as an extremely resourceful and versatile adviser and has advised on various areas of the law including, corporate and commercial law, private equity, corporate re-structuring and mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, labour and employment, company secretarial practice with a stint in litigation and dispute resolution. She co-heads the firm’s pro bono practice and is a Vice Chairperson of the Nigerian Bar Association-Section on Business Law Committee on Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Restructurings. She was the head of the technical advisory committee that advised the Nigerian Senate on the Company and Allied Matters Act and the Investments and Securities Act.


Following his graduation, Paulo worked at Arthur Andersen & Co, (Lisbon), where he focused mainly on tax matters. He left Arthur Andersen to become a partner at Portuguese law firm Coelho Ribeiro & Associados. With responsibility for its Mozambican branch. In 2000, he set up his own practice. Subsequently, Paulo rejoined Andersen, as a Director in charge of the Mozambique and Angola tax departments. Thereafter, he returned to private practice and founded Paulo Pimenta & Associados. In 2005, he merged his practice with the Mozambican branch of the Portuguese law firm Miranda Correia Amendoeira & Associados to create Pimenta e Associados, which is the Mozambican member of the Miranda Alliance.

Paulo provides legal advice to several international companies doing business in Mozambique. Paulo’s practice is predominantly of a tax and corporate nature and he is regularly involved in a wide range of corporate transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, contract and company law, employment issues and, in general, foreign investment operations. More recently, Paulo has been increasingly involved in mining, oil and gas, banking and finance matters and acts for several international banks and financial institutions doing business in Mozambique. Paulo has written several articles for Mozambican and international publications on tax matters and has also been a lecturer in several conferences. He also teaches short-term courses in tax law at the State University Law School (Eduardo Mondlane University).

Paulo is a board member of the tax committee at Chamber of Commerce of Mozambique. Paulo is also member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. Since 2007, Paulo has been consistently ranked in Mozambique as a “Band one Lawyer” by Chambers & Partners.

Romain joined BFR & Associés after practicing for over 12 years with Jones Day and Shearman & Sterling LLP in their respective Finance and Corporate Groups in Paris, and notably London. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions (including private equity), banking and finance (with particular emphasis in the areas of infrastructure, asset-based acquisition and structured finance, and also syndicated loans) and banking regulations. In addition, Romain advises clients in restructuring, reorganisation and insolvency matters, including acquisitions and disposals of distressed assets and representation of debtors and creditors.

Romain holds a master degree in business law and in banking and finance law, from the University of Paris I – Sorbonne. He is also a graduate of the IEP of Paris (Sciences-Po) and the Institute for Comparative Law of Paris.

Shamiza Ratansi is the Managing Partner of ATZ Law Chambers (“ATZ”) and her practice focuses mainly on Corporate, Commercial, Merger and Acquisitions, Banking and Finance, Private Equity, Regulated Sectors including Capital Markets and Telecommunications.

She is consistently involved in prominent, complex and cross board transactions and continues to showcase her strengths on substantial corporate M&A deals. She is considered as one of the leading finance experts in Tanzania with significant depth to handle multiple large and complex deals to very high standards. Shamiza has been recognised as an expert at capital markets deals, and continues to be the lead on high profile capital market transactions. In addition to this, Shamiza has proven herself a beacon in the field of competition law in Tanzania, undertaking complex and challenging applications.

Shamiza Ratansi has been described by Legal500 2018 as proactive and someone who presents very well to clients and inspires their confidence’, ‘has a deep knowledge of local laws and practice, is well connected within the Tanzanian regulatory environment’ as well as ‘willing to go the extra mile’. According to Global Chambers 2018, Shamiza is noted by clients for her "exceptional knowledge of the local market" and ability to "effectively apply that knowledge to our needs." She has significant experience in complex international cross-border transactions and has led on a diverse range of matters in areas including telecommunications, oil and gas, real estate and competition law.


Sharon heads the corporate, M&A, banking and finance teams at Corpus Legal Practitioners, a corporate and commercial law firm in Zambia. She has over 15 years of experience advising on a wide range of transactions in private and public M&A, joint ventures, restructuring, equity and debt capital markets, across diverse industry sectors. She is highly regarded for her work and has been recognised as such by leading legal directories such as Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500. She has spoken and written on various topics around corporate finance and M&A in Zambia. Outside of practice, Sharon spearheads the firm's business development efforts and is passionate about mentoring younger African transactional lawyers, particularly women.

Thomas is a Partner and heads the Energy and Natural Resources practice in East African Law Chambers. Thomas is one of the leading mining lawyers in Tanzania having gained his experience as an In-house Counsel in the largest mining company in Tanzania. He later joined one of the largest commercial law firms in Tanzania as a Senior Associate rising to partner level before joining East African Law Chambers. He specialises in corporate and commercial laws, mining laws, natural resources laws and environmental laws. Thomas is an active member of Tanganyika Law Society, the East African Law Society and the Zanzibar Law Society. He is qualified as an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania and the High Court of Zanzibar. 


Karine Sultan, Partner, is a member of the Financing team. She specialises in banking and capital markets, with a particular focus on acquisition finance, debt restructurings and real estate financing. Prior to joining Bredin Prat in 2007, she was with Watson, Farley & Williams and Orrick, Herrington & Suttcliffe. She was born in Gabon and was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1999. She is a graduate of the University of Lille II (Licence in Private Law, 1996), the Institut Supérieur de Commerce de Paris (1996) and the University of Paris V Descartes (DESS in international Business Law, 1997).

Annabel is a Partner (Corporate and Commercial) at Tagoe & Tagoe-Bannerman Solicitors and Advocates based in Accra, Ghana. Annabel was the Group General Counsel and Executive Committee Member of Ladbrokes Group Plc until April 2017. Prior to that, Annabel trained and worked at the London City firm, SJ Berwin LLP.

Prior to qualifying as a solicitor in England and pursuing her initial career in the law in the City of London, Annabel spent her formative years in Accra, Ghana. She attended Achimota Secondary School and also obtained her first degree in Politics and History at the University of Ghana, Legon.


Sonia Xavier is a Partner at Venture Law. Sonia advises major institutional clients as well as global business companies, private equity firms and investment funds, amongst others.

Sonia has a broad corporate and commercial practice mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, capital markets and corporate finance. Sonia’s expertise extends to assisting in the structuring, formation and management of private equity funds and she has acted for investment managers from the well-established to start-up managers. Sonia also has extensive experience with project financing, private placements and public offerings as well as securitisation.

Slaughter and May speakers

Andrew is Chairman of our Africa Practice Group and is involved in the development of the firm’s Africa strategy. He works closely with our partners and acts as an ambassador for the firm, promoting our practice throughout the continent.

Prior to his retirement as a partner in 2011, Andrew was Head of our Financing practice and a member of the Partnership Board. His practice, in over 30 years with the firm, covered a wide range of corporate and financing work.

During his legal career, Andrew worked on several transactions in Africa, including acting for the arrangers of international capital markets issues and acting for borrowers and lenders on loan transactions. Since retiring as a partner, Andrew has become a Trustee of Lawyers for Justice in Libya, which promotes human rights in Libya.

Nigel’s broad practice includes domestic and international corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, IPOs, demergers, private acquisitions and disposals, private equity, public takeovers, issues of compliance and corporate governance, investigations and insolvency, restructurings, investigations and sports law.

Nigel has many experiences of working in Africa, and has received a number of accolades including:

  • the Financial Times’ Special Achievement Award; and
  • Lawyer of the Decade Award from Financial News.

Nigel is a consulting editor of the Oxford University Press’, ‘Annotated Companies Acts’ and is on the Editorial Board of the ‘Journal for Corporate and Commercial Law and Practice’.

Robert Byk is a Financing and Corporate Partner at Slaughter and May and is a member of the Africa Practice Group. He joined the firm in 1998 and became a Partner in 2007. Robert advises on a wide range of banking, finance and corporate transactions and his clients include CEMEX, Premier Foods, Mothercare, Agility, Pirelli and ISS. Robert was also part of our teams advising HM Treasury on certain elements of the financial support provided to the banking industry and the Government on the Hinkley Point nuclear power station. Robert was seconded to Milan for two years whilst an associate. He was also one of the two partners with overall responsibility for graduate recruitment for nine years and now heads up the pro bono activities of the firm and is a member of the Partnership board. Robert regularly speaks at Loan Market Association conferences in Kenya.

Kathrine spent her first ten years in practice advising on a variety of cross-border financing and M&A transactions, based mostly in the London and Singapore offices of Slaughter and May. Since 2004 she has advised primarily on technical issues affecting banking and finance transactions including legal and regulatory developments and market documentation. She has a particular focus on investment grade lending, advising the Association of Corporate Treasurers on documentation discussions with the Loan Market Association. Kathrine has published numerous articles on banking and related legal topics and is the author of the ACT Borrower’s Guide to LMA Loan Documentation for Investment Grade Borrowers.

Kathrine also co-ordinates Slaughter and May’s Brexit advisory practice and sits on the Firm’s Brexit Steering Committee.


Richard is a partner and a member of the Africa Practice Group and is also part of our Infrastructure, Energy and Natural Resources team at Slaughter and May. Richard has significant experience of major international and domestic projects including M&A, joint ventures and project arrangements. Highlights include advising:

  • Malawi Government in connection with its development of PPP law and polic
  • European Investment Bank, African Development Bank and a syndicate of banks on the debt package for the financing of the Egyptian Refinery Company’s Mostorod Oil Refinery project, the largest ever project financing in Africa
  • EMethanex and its sponsors in relation to the construction and project financing of a 1.26 million tonne per year methanol facility at Damietta in Egypt
  • Government of Botswana on a range of projects



Justina is a business development and marketing professional with over eight years' experience implementing and delivering successful business development and marketing campaigns within the professional services sector.

Justina is a Business Development Manager in our International Relations team, responsible for implementing the firm’s strategy in Africa, Middle East, Central Eastern Europe and Southern Europe. She acts as a key point of contact as regards our key relationship with the leading independent firms and business development activity in these jurisdictions.

Justina recently completed a master in business innovation and entrepreneurship, she was awarded a distinction in her thesis - The Influence of AI on the Legal Services Sector. Justina is passionate about diversity & Inclusion and advocates to raise awareness on this subject. Having spent a number of years living in Africa, when Justina has time, she loves to travel.